Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
346
Tried for
panic disorder (299) Anxious mood (196)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
176
Tried for
panic disorder (137) Panic attacks (89)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
175
Tried for
panic disorder (161) Anxious mood (86)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
155
Tried for
Depressed mood (123) panic disorder (75)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
119
Tried for
Depressed mood (105) panic disorder (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
Depressed mood (104) panic disorder (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
Insomnia (86) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Pain (59) Anxious mood (14)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
Anxious mood (66) Panic attacks (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Anxious mood (50) Depressed mood (24)
4 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (145 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 44 more
Total evaluations
193
Tried for
panic disorder (299) Anxious mood (196)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (69 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Tiredness 31 more
Total evaluations
96
Tried for
panic disorder (137) Panic attacks (89)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (71 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Tiredness 23 more
Total evaluations
86
Tried for
panic disorder (161) Anxious mood (86)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (70 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Suicidal thoughts or urges 57 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
Depressed mood (123) panic disorder (75)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Agitation with restlessness Dry mouth 38 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
Depressed mood (105) panic disorder (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (73 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 49 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
Depressed mood (104) panic disorder (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Grogginess Hangover effect 21 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
Insomnia (86) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Balance problems 35 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Pain (59) Anxious mood (14)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Daytime sleepiness 9 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
Anxious mood (66) Panic attacks (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Dry mouth 18 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
Anxious mood (50) Depressed mood (24)
4 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 73
20s 1,625
30s 4,034
40s 4,584
50s 3,647
60s 1,501
70+ 255
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,469
20-29 years 1,017
30-39 years 610
40-49 years 352
50-59 years 90
60-69 years 11
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

72% Female
28% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,775
Not Diagnosed 2,094

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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